Vanlife Diaries: Finding Freedom On the Open Road

Kathleen Morton, Jonny Dustow, and Jared Melrose. Ten Speed, $25 (240p) ISBN 978-0-399-58114-4
In this lively photographic narrative, Australian authors Morton, Dustow, and Melrose—all Vanlife Diaries bloggers—take readers into the world of vanlifers, those who travel across countries in their vans. The authors argue that vanlife is an increasingly popular back-to-the-land movement and offer plenty of insight into the practicalities of the lifestyle, such as showering (hot springs, truck stops, and portable solar showers), maintaining an income (work remotely or consider seasonal work; one couple capitalized on their experience and now renovates Airstreams for other vanlifers), and traveling with pets. Along the way, they profile vagabonds such as American Genevieve Jahn, who was fired from her corporate marketing job for missing too much work, then rehired as a remote worker with more pay. Readers will be drawn in with page after page of images of outfitted Vanagons, Sprinters, and commercial vans; jaw-dropping landscapes and the laid-back travelers making the most of the eye-popping scenery; and sunrises viewed from the bed in one’s camper. Even if readers never make the leap into cross-country camping, they’re sure to enjoy the inviting snapshots shared here. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 02/04/2019
Release date: 04/09/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
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